White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive for COVID-19

McEnany held a press briefing without a mask on Sunday

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday she tested positive for COVID-19.

“After testing negatively consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” she tweeted from her official account.

She added, “No reporters, producers or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit. Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks’ diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday.”

McEnany spoke to reporters Sunday without wearing a mask, which CNN’s Jim Acosta pointed out on Twitter following her announcement.

Her diagnosis comes days after President Donald Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus. President Trump was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center Friday afternoon and has not yet been discharged.

A number of prominent Republicans tested positive before and after Trump announced his own diagnosis last week.

Other Republicans who have tested positive in the past few days include former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, former presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway and top aide Hope Hicks.

Check out McEnany’s tweet below:


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